Friday, July 15, 2005

Where's Mine?

Holy hell:
WASHINGTON -- The federal government's chief investigator yesterday blasted the Pentagon for its ''atrocious financial management," saying the Defense Department was not able to give federal oversight officials a full accounting of the $1 billion being spent each week on the war in Iraq.

''If the Department of Defense were a business, they'd be out of business," David Walker, comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office, said at a breakfast with reporters yesterday. ''They have absolutely atrocious financial management."

The GAO has been examining the Pentagon's Iraq expenses, and ''we're having extreme difficulty in getting the Department of Defense to provide a full accounting of what they're spending" there, Walker said. ''I can't understand how we're spending $1 billion a week."
Let's restate that - the Department of Defense is spending the real equivalent of an Apollo Program every three months. The article says that money is for the war, not for general defense. The article could be wrong, but as it is it implies the DoD is spending something close to $400 billion on the war.

But getting more than a paltry commitment to dealing with America's oil dependency? That's the Road to Serfdom, you commie.

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